Kwanza Hall’s public service trajectory started at a very young age.
Kwanza was born and raised in Atlanta. He was the first son of Leon and Evelyn “Cookie” Hall, a young couple already committed and fully involved in public service and civil rights advocacy.
The family’s dedication to public service made a lasting mark on Kwanza from a young age. A natural leader, he founded the group “Black Teens for Advancement” while still a student at Benjamin E. Mays High School. That youthful but serious initiative enlisted a number of Kwanza’s classmates who worked together to stop youth violence in their neighborhoods.
After high school, his drive to help his community led Kwanza to seek higher education to better prepare himself for service. He attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he learned valuable skills that ever since have helped him analyze and address problems from an “outside the box” perspective.
Kwanza returned to Atlanta with skills that would fit his commitment to make Atlanta a better and fairer city for all. Soon after he was elected to the Atlanta Public Schools Board, District 1, where he served effectively for three years. In 2004, he was elected to the City Council, District 2, where for twelve years he served faithfully and successfully a diverse group of neighborhoods including Atlantic Station, Castleberry Hill, Downtown, Home Park, Inman Park, the Marietta Artery, Sweet Auburn, Martin Luther King Historic District, Midtown, Poncey-Highland, and the Old Fourth Ward.
Through his ongoing work and leadership on the City Council, Kwanza has passed legislation that increased public safety, affordable housing and accessible transportation. He has been a strong advocate for environmental responsibility, and he has worked to unite diverse groups, bring jobs to the community and increase Atlanta’s visibility outside of Georgia.
Kwanza and his wife Natalie are raising their two sons in Atlanta. They continually inspire him to strive for progress and make our city more livable, safer and more just. Kwanza and his family live in the Martin Luther King Jr. historic neighborhood within the Old Fourth Ward.
Honors and awards
Georgia State University Pioneer Award
For Leadership Promoting Arts and Culture in Downtown Atlanta
Hope Atlanta Centurion Award
Creative Loafing “Best Local Political Figure”
W.K. Kellogg Foundation recognized Kwanza’s “Year of Boulevard” initiative
Atlanta’s Park Pride Honor
For Governmental Leadership in Parks and Greenspace Advocacy
Georgia trend Magazine’s “40 under 40”
Voted one of the 100 most influential Atlantans
American Institute of Architects (Atlanta Chapter) created the “Kwanza Hall Award for Civic Leadership in Architectural Design”
Who I’ve represented
10 marta stations
4 hospitals: Emory, Atlanta Medical Center/Wellstar Grady Hospital, Northside
5 Colleges: Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, SCAD, John Marshal and Westwood College
2 Noble Peace Prizes: Martin Luther King Center and Carter Center
Most diverse and fastest growing city council district in Atlanta by population growth according to census data
Greatest density of hotels, convention facilities and tourist attractions
Largest concentration poverty, homeless individuals, support facilities and service agencies in the Southeast United States
Approximately 23,000 cast votes in the 2016 presidential election, which is more than any other city council district